Gallery: Petition to Oust FDA Employee With Ties to Monsanto Gets 420,0...


It recently came to light that Monsanto’s former public policy vice president, Michael Taylor, is now the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deputy commissioner for food safety, raising concerns about Taylor’s ability to justly regulate his former employer. Food safety activists have rushed the internet with displeasure about the posting and have gathered 420,000 signatures on a petition to have Taylor fired from his lofty federal job. Now it seems the FDA is not willing to be pushed over, saying Taylor excuses himself from decisions that could be wrongly construed, was not a Monsanto lobbyist as the petition states, and does not give Monsanto — the agricultural giant accused of monopolizing the seed industry and relentlessly spreading their genetically modified crops through legal loopholes — a pass in any way. The food advocacy world won’t be swayed and says they won’t relent until the FDA ends their ties with “corporate interests”.

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